Friday, September 19, 2014

BUFFALO BILL MUSEUM AND GRAVE ON LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN

Currently in Golden CO (Low 55 Partly Sunny and Very Warm High 85) 

We drove the Lariat Loop up Lookout Mountain to the Buffalo Bill Museum and Gravesite near Golden Colorado. William Frederick Cody was born in Le Claire Iowa, moved to Kansas at an early age, built a home and lived in North Platte Nebraska during the Wild West show years and founded the town of Cody Wyoming. So why was he buried on Lookout Mountain in Colorado in 1917? 



Because that was his wish as stated to his family and friends and the priest who administered the last rites. Saying that there still was some controversy about the choice. His widow had the casket opened just before it was lowered into the crypt to prove that it was him being buried. There is a famous photo of a tank parked next to the grave.



The myth was that there was fear that Cody Wyoming or North Platte Nebraska would steal the body and that the tank was there to guard the grave. The truth is that it was a photo used to sell war bonds after WWI and that they took the photo and moved on. After his widow died in 1921 both towns did raise a ruckus and the controversy remains to this day. To guard the body what was done after the widow was buried is tons of concrete were added over the caskets in the crypt. Here is the grave again and the plaque noting Buffalo Bill's wishes.




The marker on the ground noting his Congressional Medal of Honor awarded.



On the walk to the grave we noticed this plaque commemorating the Pony Express which Buffalo Bill was a young rider for. One of the three founders of the Pony Express, Alexander Majors, lived in Kansas City Missouri and you can tour his home and barn at 82nd and State Line RD.



There is a very good film that plays in the museum where we learned a lot. It is kind of hard to take photos with glass display cases but here are some of the better ones. A Buffalo Bill painting.



One of his rifles.



A neat lamp.



Of course a buffalo, or more correctly American Bison.



Bob jumped on the horse at the Reagan Presidential Library so he had to do it here too. Sure was a lot easier when he was younger :-)



He chose Lookout Mountain because when he visited here he loved the view and said he could see four states. Here are some of the views today.






It was good to do some sightseeing and not be held hostage by the trailer brakes. This was a great museum, in fact True West Magazine lists this at No. 5 of the Top Ten Western Museums for 2014. The drive to the museum is gorgeous so all in all a great day.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO GOLDEN COLORADO

Currently in Golden CO (Low 52 Mostly Sunny High 87) 

After one night in Wheatland Wyoming we left for Golden Colorado on Tuesday. It was approximately 175 miles, here is the route we took.


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As usual we had brakes at the start of the trip. As we were getting closer to the exit for the pet friendly hotel in northern Denver Bob purposely hit the brakes a couple of times just to make sure. We still had trailer brakes and then through the heavier traffic as we got closer to Golden we still had brakes. In fact we had trailer brakes all the way to backing in at our site at Jefferson County Fairgrounds. That makes two travel days with trailer brakes. Here is a view from the web of the area where we are parked. We will have a full review of the park later.



It feels so good to be not held hostage by the trailer brakes. We first had the fault in mid-August, then a couple of legs with no problems, then happening on each leg. The stops were generally getting parts and getting it fixed and wondering if the test drive would work. We probably will still wonder each time for a while when we hit the brakes whether the trailer brakes will work but let us tell you driving through metro Denver traffic it was sure nice to have trailer brakes.

We found a great place for breakfast yesterday and visited our home away from home, Walmart, for some much needed stocking up. We will be in Golden until Monday when we head to the east side of the metro in Aurora for a couple of weeks.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO WHEATLAND WYOMING

Currently in Wheatland WY (Low 49 Mostly Sunny and Nice Currently 56)
Heading to Golden CO (Currently 65 Mostly Sunny and Pleasant High 83)

We left Buffalo Wyoming yesterday and headed to Wheatland Wyoming. It was approximately 220 miles, this is the route we took.


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We decided to just spend one night in Wheatland and head to Denver irrespective of whether or not we encountered another 'fault in trailer wiring'. That way we would have almost three weeks to get the trailer into a repair place. Well guess what, we drove all the way with brakes. 

If that continues today we will spend a week in Golden at the Fairgrounds then move to Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora for 2 weeks. If no brakes Bob will drop Jo and the cats at a pet friendly hotel and head to a repair place. Have to be prepared for all possibilities.

Sure felt good having brakes until we parked in our site at Mountain View Park in Wheatland :-)

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, September 15, 2014

ADDED MORE MAPS AND BUFFALO KOA

Currently in Buffalo WY (Low 35 Sunny Currently 42)
Heading to Wheatland WY (Currently 45 Sunny High 75)

The KOA in Buffalo is a nice park. Here is the Cameo at our site.




To the right.




To the left.




The Cameo from the rear showing the dish with a great line of sight.




The KOA has deluxe sites, this one has a fenced in area for dogs with a hot tub.




The rest of the park looks nice too.




Bob had more time to add maps and make reservations. He added Massachusetts. 



Rhode Island



Connecticut



He has made reservations all the way to Connecticut in October of next year.


We are heading to Wheatland Wyoming today, Lord willing and the slideout comes in, AND the trailer brakes work and continue to work throughout our test drive. We've had a heavy duty socket and plug installed while in Buffalo probably eliminating all truck problems. When we plugged it in to test it tested out OK, of course it did. We will see what happens on our 220 mile test drive today. If we encounter any problems we already have an appointment at an RV repair place in Denver tomorrow and a pet friendly hotel so the Cameo can be checked out. Even if we have no problems today we are hotfooting it to Denver from Wheatland tomorrow for another test drive.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BUFFALO WYOMING - A CREEK RUNS THROUGH IT

Currently in Buffalo WY (Low 32 Sunny High 60) 

The snow on the mountains is about all there is left to show of our late summer winter snowstorm.




We walked around Buffalo Wyoming and it says on this mural that 'a creek runs through it'.



Here is the creek.



Buffalo has an interesting connection to "Longmire", the cancelled A&E series. "Longmire" is set in Durant a fictional town based on Buffalo and is filmed in New Mexico. There were "Longmire" references throughout the town.



We ate at Sagewood Gifts and Cafe a couple of times and it was a real find. It is a lunch only place. On Friday we had their seafood bisque and if you told us that if the bisque had frozen shrimp and scallops and imitation crab we would have told you that we wouldn't have liked it. But the base of the bisque was so good that we really liked it in spite of the seafood. With fresh seafood this would be one of our all time favorites. The corn chowder and sausage and cabbage soups are also good. Their desserts are really good, especially the chocolate malt cheesecake. Give this place a shot if ever in the area.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 12, 2014

ADDED MAPS FOR VERMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE

Currently in Buffalo WY (Low 20 Sunny and Warmer High 54)

Bob added more travel maps and made more reservations for next year yesterday since we were snowed in. He added maps for Vermont:

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New Hampshire:

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and Maine:



A lot more maps and reservations to be made. We are getting a little cabin fever so we plan to get out and grab some lunch and maybe walk around a grocery store. Doesn't that sound exciting?

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WE WOKE UP TO THIS

Currently in Buffalo WY (Low 26 Snowing High 36) 

We woke up to this :-(






They are calling it a late summer winter storm, if that makes any sense. One thing we have learned the hard way is that you cannot control the weather, averages smaverages. Here is JJ staring out in disbelief at the almost 1 foot of snow.



Yesterday the new heavy duty socket was put in the truck bed. It was raining all day so the plug for the pigtail will be put on tomorrow after the snow gets out of here.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ANOTHER MILESTONE - 5TH YEAR LIVING FULLTIME IN OUR CAMEO

Currently in Buffalo WY (Low 40 Rainy High 49) 

On September 10, 2009 we spent the night for the first time in our Cameo. Except for about a month and a half when we were getting service and we stayed at a hotel we have lived in the Cameo.

On this our 5th anniversary we are fighting a 'fault in trailer wiring' resulting in no trailer brakes. A new heavy duty socket and plug assembly is being added to the Ford and Cameo during our stay in Buffalo. We found another possibility for problems and that is where the socket for the truck bed was spliced into the main power. This splicing was not waterproof so water and road chemicals could have leeched into the connections and is a possibility for our problems. After we get all this fixed other than the brake controller outputting too much voltage all other possibilities for the truck have been eliminated.

Living fulltime in an RV is always easier when you are not having problems and we got spoiled by having relatively few problems the first four years, but we have made up for that since.

We thought we would share some of our favorite photos over the years. There are so many favorites it was tough to choose.


















With all that we've done there is still a lot to see. Next summer is a big trip to Maine and then down to Florida for the winter. At the end of that we should only have 3 or 4 states left to visit. 

Even with all the mechanical problems we are not ready yet to hang up the keys so maybe we will see you on the road sometime.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

INCREDIBLY WE ONLY GOT 124 MILES THIS TIME - TO BUFFALO WYOMING

Currently in Buffalo WY (Low 54 Partly Sunny Cooler High 63) 

The further we went, the greater our confidence grew, BUT then at about 124 miles Bob hit the brakes to slow down for yet another construction zone and a beep then 'fault in trailer wiring' yet again :-(

In total we drove approximately 170 miles yesterday to Buffalo Wyoming and arrived at the Buffalo KOA. This is the route we took.


We got here and setup and then Bob called around. The nearest RV dealership is taking appointments for September 22nd so we tried a local repair shop, Car Clinic, who came to look over the situation to see if it was something they could handle. The outlet and plug could be adjusted but would only be a short term fix. Based on feedback from fellow Escapees we decided to go with a heavy duty plug and socket from Pollak.



Bob got all the parts this morning and the shop will put the socket in the truck and the new plug on the Cameo tomorrow. We plan to be here a week for our mail to catch up with us so we will head out next Monday morning for another test drive.

We are in a pretty park. Here is a view of the KOA from their website.




We are in for some colder temperatures, rain, and maybe even some snow while we are here. This could cut down on sightseeing.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo